Luis Paniagua

Luis was born in 1957 in Madrid, Spain. As a composer and interpreter he has published 15 Cds and won several awards, such as the World Music Torchbearer Award in 2012, the National Award for the Best Album of the Year in Contemporary Music, give by the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Music of Spain in 2002, and was also a nominee for the same award in 2003.

Luis started composing and interpreting music after studying music in India under maestro T.N Nagar, and his first performances were for theatre, dance, and soundtracks for cinema. After a while, Luis started performing concerts in many countries across Europe, America and Asia. Also, he created the “Mediter Ra Neo” project under the denomination of “new ancestral music”.

In Spain, Luis is considered as one of the pioneers of New Music, World Music and Spiritual Music, without being of any concrete religion.

The Lyre

The tradition and interpretation of the Lyre is lost in the Western World. This is why Luis’s technique is autodidactic, which gives unique value to his work. The Lyre has been accompanying Luis for many years in concerts and recordings, and his music has been a great inspiration for numerous other musicians because of its simplicity and its way of applying silence as an essential part of the performance. If one indulges into a truly profound listening of the music, it surpasses all intellectual interest and converts into an emotive experience.      

In Greek mythology, the Lyre was invented by Hermes, son of Zeus and Maya the Nymph, and made of a tortoise shell, two horns, seven gut strings and one skin of calf that Hermes had robbed from Apollo, which made Apollo extremely angry for he was the guardian of that cattle. The Lyre was first given to Apollo to ease his wrath, and then Apollo gifted it to his son, Orpheus, the demigod, theologian and musician, the most sensible of beings.